Fr. James J. Rosch

Ordained: 1972
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Albany NY

Parish priest. Diocesan Chaplain for Scouting 1981-94. Rosch was removed in 2002 after credible allegations that he abused a teenage boy 20 years prior. There was a payment by the Diocese. Rosch claimed that his removal was because he fondled a 17-year-old girl when he was 23 and had not yet been ordained. The Diocese refuted his claim, saying that that would not have been cause for his removal. May have appealed dismissal to Vatican. Settlement in 2020 in the low six figures of a claim that Rosch sexually abused an altar boy, ages 13-15, in 1975-77, while assigned to St. Joseph’s in Scotia, NY. Accused in two lawsuits current in 9/21,  filed under the NY Child Victims Act, of abuse 1992-93 at St. Madeleine Sophie in Schenectady, and of abuse 1975-76 at St. Joseph’s in Scotia. 


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